Coverage of the 2023/25 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley.
The good news is there is no bad news.
No massive layoffs in the public sector, but there will be changes in the State-Owned Enterprises sector.
There will be a 25 per cent reduction in principal if people make an effort to pay arrears at the BWA between March 15 and September 15.
Today is the start of Mission Transformation, taking Barbados to a world-class nation.
Over the next seven years, Barbados will be transitioning from Mission Critical to Mission Transformation.
Barbados must be for Bajans first – not only those who are born here, but those who choose to live here.
Training will be a major plank in Mission Transformation
There will be a comprehensive training programme for supervisory managers.
Programmes will be introduced in customer service and hospitality.
15 000 courses are available through Coursera and the National Training Initiative
Florida International University will be introducing a campus in Barbados within the next 12 months.
Special attention must be paid to:
further reduction of Barbados’ debt;
lowering of commercial banking fees
restarting of domestic capital markets
$74.8m partial repayment will be made to 5 407 individual bondholders of Series B bonds who are on the register at March 31
They will receive $17 500 each
2 627 are being repaid in full
Health Service Levy expected to provide about $75 million
The QEH will also get $139 million of operations
The excess from this fiscal year $5.5 million will be provided in a supplementary to complete A&E
$5 for rehabilitation of Lions Eye Care Centre
Money for UWI will be placed, discussion with UWI so areas of study match national needs
$27.6 million through CAF for road rehabilitation
$20m to the BWA to update reservoirs and water distribution
$15.3 million to Ministry of Agriculture to construct a new tissue culture laboratory
$8.5m in dorms for BYAC
More facilities will be built for children.
$8.1m to the Smart Energy Fund
$32,5m for Welfare
$20.6m for Child Care Board
$12.5m for Crime prevention Programme
$2.5 million for child and parental coaching
$9.7m to the Community Elderly Care Programme
Construction must be a major component of the growth programme
There will be a new national growth council in Barbados
This will be chaired by Dodridge Miller, formerly of Sagicor Financial
It will look at removing obstacles to growth through ‘Barbados Delivers’
Establishment of a National Strategic Council, chaired by the Prime Minister
BIDC will undertake an industrial park construction at Newton Christ Church to the tune of $30m
A light industrial park is also on the cards for St Lucy
The jetty at Arawak may have to be strengthened so goods don’t only land at Bridgetown
Research on for investment in marine farming
An agreement has been signed with an Egyptian company that wants to do fish processing in Barbados
Training in cybersecurity for four months and job opportunities will be created here and abroad through Student Revolving
Startwise focuses on soft skills and software training for 1 000 young people in the BYAC, rejected from BCC, SJPIT and those on the blocks who want meaningful engagement
Meetings with representatives from Guyana, Suriname and Brazil for expansion and growth to the south
Films will be produced in Barbados as the island is being set to become a filmmaking domicile
Barbados will be developing the heritage economy
$15m put aside at BTI and that amount will be matched to digitise the Archives